Brian in Boston

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  1. I didn't make myself clear. I actually like the presence of the mills in the Spinners' primary logo. I simply think that Canaligator should be wearing the simplest of the team's caps - blue with the red L - within the primary logo.
  2. I wonder how the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders' introduction of their "Baby Bombers" alternate logo is sitting with the New Orleans Baby Cakes? It's been just 2-1/2 months since Brandiose rolled-out the new Baby Cakes identity for New Orleans. You'd think that they'd have tried a bit harder not to ape another client's newly-unveiled identity package when generating the alternative mark for the RailRiders.
  3. This is the problem that I have with the new logo set. Depict the mascot wearing the simplest of the caps - blue with the red L - and call it a day.
  4. Currently, a couple of condos and a house. I'm in the process of renovating the condos (combining the two units into a single home) and selling the house. So, no, not a big enough footprint to play host to San Diego's Major League Soccer franchise.
  5. My son and I attended yesterday's USA-Serbia friendly. I was hoping that the crowd would be better than the announced attendance of 20,079. Given that we're talking about a city that is home to nearly 1.4 million people, with a metro area population of over 3 million, it's going to take some spin to position that number as a "plus" for San Diego's bid to land a Major League Soccer franchise. Here's hoping that today's Major League Soccer San Diego press conference - and public rally -on the flight deck of the USS Midway museum ship generates an impressively enthusiastic crowd. As someone who owns property in Coronado, I'd love to see the city secure an MLS franchise.
  6. The Chargers should embrace these colors, along with white, as their palette. I'd like to see this new logo used, at the very least, as their secondary mark.
  7. They weren't my thoughts. They were actually bullet points that Dan Wetzel included in a story that he wrote about Pacific Pro Football. They seemed to be sourced directly from the league. That said... * Pacific Pro Football will be comprised of four league-owned 50-player teams based in Southern California. * The season will run for eight weeks in July and August, with a six-game regular-season schedule and two rounds of playoffs. * Games will be played in smaller stadiums, most likely on the campuses of community colleges and Division III schools. It is possible that only two venues will be utilized during the first season. * The league is seen as an alternative to college, with players only eligible to participate in their first four years out of high school. * Total player compensation will be $50,000 per season, with players having full worker's compensation coverage and the opportunity to take advantage of tuition reimbursement at a local community college in the offseason. * Each team will have eight full-time coaches with either professional or college coaching experience, as well as eight part-time assistant coaches. * Gameplay will be designed to accentuate development and evaluation of players, with a premium put on one-on-one plays so as to generate viable tape. For instance, quarterbacks will take snaps under center, call plays in the huddle and identify defenses at the line of scrimmage; wide receivers may be prohibited from running crossing routes, etc. * The league hopes to have the games televised nationally, though the broadcasts may well be "non-traditional" in nature. One option being considered would be akin to the "Coaches Film Room" that ran on ESPNews during the College Football Playoff Championship Game, with a panel of coaches breaking down plays on a telestrator and highlighting coaching strategy for viewers. Another would be more like the coverage usually associated with broadcasts of the high school All-American Game, i.e. heavy on providing player backstories and future potential. * If the league proves successful, there are plans to expand by creating additional four-team "pods" elsewhere in the country, with Northern California and the Midwest on the radar of league leadership.
  8. Credit where credit is due: In my opinion, Brandiose created a terrific set of logos for the Wood Ducks. Easily their best work in quite some time.
  9. Mark's such a regular, PF Chang's lets him order off the menu. He swears by the "General Tsizzurp's Chicken".
  10. BINGO!!! Last year's NASL Fall Season kicked-off on July 2nd. The same start date this year would give the owners of proposed NASL expansion teams in Atlanta, Orange County and San Diego just 177 days in which to finalize franchise purchase agreements; identify, negotiate leases for, and secure both office space and stadia; identify, interview, and hire staff, including front-office personnel, coaches, and sales/marketing teams; secure sponsorships, advertising, and ticket deposits; identify, negotiate contracts with, and sign players. The list goes on and on. Yet, somehow, we're to believe that the powers-that-be at NASL headquarters have properly vetted the ownership candidates for these franchises? Frankly, the very fact that the prospective owners of the three franchises in question are willing to entertain engaging in the rushed run-up necessary to launch their teams in time to participate in the NASL's Fall 2017 season raises serious doubts about their judgement and, by extension, their suitability to own and operate a team in the notoriously mercurial world of lower-level pro soccer in North America. Label me cynical, but this sort of frenzied, last-gasp sprint to add franchises on a truncated schedule bears all of the earmarks of past NASL missteps. It strikes me that the USSF has done nothing more than grant the NASL's leadership time to rearrange deck chairs on the RMS Titanic.
  11. For what it's worth, I've loved this New England Revolution logo concept ever since the first time I saw it. Clean. Traditional with a modern flair. I like the way that the six star-shaped panels on the ball pay homage to the six New England states. The wordmark font speaks to the Revolutionary War era without being as cloying as the Revolution's current wordmark. Maybe - maybe - you could have the banner/ribbon element on which "New England Revolution" is written wrap back around from left to right over the bottom of the shield (though, thinner) and contain "est. 1996". Still, that could be overkill. The badge is damned beautiful as is. This is all that the New England Revolution identity needs in my estimation. Nothing more. No dropping of the New England place-name. No swapping-out New England for Boston, even if the franchise someday relocates to a soccer-specific stadium closer to the city. No poseur's solution such as switching to Revolution 1776 or Revolution FC. No wholesale changing of the team's identity. Simply wed the New England Revolution name and the current color scheme to a well-designed badge and be done with it.
  12. When it comes to the naming of pro soccer teams worldwide, said undertaking embraces a variety of traditions. Soccer... football... futbol... calcio... is a GLOBAL sports phenomenon. Said globe includes the United States of America and Canada. As such, the "American" franchise naming convention is as legitimate a part of soccer's branding traditions as any other. Therefore, I see no reason to believe that pro soccer in this country is suddenly going to abandon place-name/nickname combos completely. Nor should it. Similarly, there's obviously an even longer global tradition of branding soccer teams in the "International/Euro" vein, so it stands to reason that some pro soccer teams in this country will choose to adopt said style Bottom line? Major League Soccer is likely to remain a league marked by multiple franchise branding traditions for the forseeable future: "American" (Chicago Fire, New England Revolution, Columbus Crew, etc.),.. "International/Euro" (DC United... FC Dallas... New York City FC, etc.)... even corporate (New York Red Bulls). I see absolutely nothing wrong with that. If anything, the variety makes for a less staid, more colorful and creative landscape. My only concern would be if long-time MLS franchises jettisoned existing identities solely to ape whatever branding style happened to be trending at a given time. Similarly, as new teams enter MLS representing cities that had longstanding traditions in previous American and Canadian soccer leagues, I would hope they'd give consideration to reviving/maintaining identities from said leagues (as the Seattle Sounders, Portland Timbers, and Vancouver Whitecaps recently have).
  13. Well, more its presumed size, importance and influence. That said, I specifically chose to use "enormity" for a reason. To quote Peter O'Toole's Reginald Fleming Johnston in The Last Emperor, "If you cannot say what you mean, your majesty, you will never mean what you say. And a gentleman should always mean what he says."
  14. Well, given its enormous "sphere of influence", the City of Los Angeles should be more than capable of generating the revenue necessary to cover the construction and upkeep of a publicly-financed ballpark for the Los Angeles Angels. Further, I'm certain that Angels' owner Arte Moreno would jump at the chance to set up shop in "one of the biggest and most important cities in the entire world". After all, Arte actually spent 22 months playing footsie with Tustin (TUSTIN?!?!?), a community a bit more than 1/4 the size of Anaheim. Of course, maybe Los Angeles is so "enormous" with regard to its "sphere of influence" that the Angels would get lost in the shuffle if forced to compete for attention within the actual borders of the "City of Angels". It could also be that, given the enormity of its size, importance and influence, the City of Los Angeles wouldn't actually be inclined to invest a significant amount of public funds into a new ballpark for the Angels. In Los Angeles proper, Arte might actually have to make good on his claims that he's capable of privately-financing a new home for the Angels. Personally, I'm hoping that developer LT Global's proposed 15-acre, mixed-use entertainment complex on a portion of the Anaheim Stadium parking lot proves so lucrative for both the company and the City of Anaheim, that when it comes time for the city's political leadership to determine what to do with regard to further development of the parking area land and the Angels' long-term future, the ball club is told to pound sand... or, embrace the name Anaheim Angels if it wants a dime of public money going forward. Bottom line? The Angels are more than welcome to seek to benefit from the "sphere of influence of a city the magnitude of Los Angeles"... but, the City of Anaheim shouldn't be expected to publicly finance said pursuit while playing second-banana in terms of branding to a municipality that isn't investing a dime of municipal funds into the upkeep of the ball club's home.
  15. Ren, as always, phenomenal work! Your redesign of the Southern California Seahorses badge is a thing of beauty. If you're looking for suggestions, I'm wondering what direction the following two logos would inspire you to take in putting together a logo package - a primary mark and secondary mark - for the American Hockey League's Providence Reds. Would you create something completely new? Opt to simply update them? Providence Reds Logo 1948-49 through 1971-72 Providence / Rhode Island Reds Logo 1971-72 through 1976-77 If you're so inclined, have at it!